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After a lengthy marketing campaign that threw out all the stops, Star Trek Beyond is finally in theaters. The film premiered Wednesday at Comic-Con and everywhere else on Thursday. The third film in the Kelvin Universe has gotten some pretty good early buzz from critics, and excitement for the film seemed to be growing the closer it got to its release date. Now the numbers are in and it looks like Star Trek Beyond had a pretty good Thursday night that will likely propel it to the number one spot this weekend.
Variety has the numbers and they report that Star Trek Beyond made $5.5 million at the box office on its Thursday night premiere. That might not sound like a lot, but for a Thursday opening it's actually pretty promising. Paramount compares Star Trek's Thursday numbers to Spectre, which opened at $5.3 million and went on to make $70.4 million for the weekend. Early projections are claiming that Star Trek Beyond is going to own the weekend with a $55 million haul, while some analysts believe it could take home closer to $60 million. Those are good numbers on their own, but not when compared to the previous Star Trek films; 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness made $70.2 million while 2009's Star Trek reboot made $75.2 million. The series has always seen a decline from film to film, but it's usually not by much. And who knows? Maybe the good word of mouth will give Beyond an extra kick in the space pants for the coming weeks.
Most seem to agree that Star Trek Beyond will still win the weekend office, so the main battle will be for second place. Ice Age: Collision Course also opens this weekend and is expected to make $25 million after opening Thursday with $850,000. Collision Course is somehow the fifth entry in the Ice Age series, which has seen dwindling quality and ratings with each new film, but still earns solid numbers. It will be battling previous weekend champion The Secret Life of Pets which has reigned for two weeks with $225 million so far. The other contender for second place is Ghostbusters, who has taken home about $62 million since opening last week.
Finally, the horror movie Lights Out opened this weekend and made $1.8 million on Thursday. The film is expected to earn somewhere between $13 and $15 million for the weekend. Not too shabby for a film that was made on a budget of less than $5 million. Lights Out follows the story of a family that is haunted by a spirit that only comes out in the dark. It's gotten good critical reception and has a trailer that will make you carry a flashlight for a couple of nights.
Star Trek Beyond is directed by Justin Lin and is out in theaters right now.